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Ted Leventhal's 1950 Chevrolet Convertible at the 1955 Motorama. Ted's Chevrolet was restyled by Emory Robinson's Custom Shop in 1955. Painted in a green iridescent lacquer by Mel Pinoli's Body and Paint Shop, Ted's Chevrolet is known as the first car ever to receive a Candy paint job.
An "Award for Excellence" plaque from the 1953 Motorama. Dan Wildhirt came across this in the mid 1990s, while he worked at Petersen Publishing. "This was in a pile of ephemera that was being tossed out by the Petersen photo archive, and I thought it would be worth saving," Dan told Sondre Kvipt of Kustomrama in December of 2020. Photo courtesy of Dan Wildhirt.

Motor Revue and Motorama 1955

The 6th annual Motorama, now advertised as the International Motor Revue, was held October 14-23 at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Cars Attending:
John Neves' 1925 Chevrolet
Bert Leithold 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
George Sein's 1932 Ford 5 WIndow Coupe - The Flamer
C. H. Celebrado's 1941 Buick Custom Roadster
Frank Monteleon's 1941 Ford
Ken Caputi's Ford
Bob Dofflow's 1949 Ford
Ted Leventhal's 1950 Chevrolet Convertible
Robbie Martinez' 1950 Oldsmobile 98
George Growland's 1951 Ford Crestline
Dave Burgarin's 1951 Mercury
Sam Barris' 1952 Ford
Harry Karl's 1953 Cadillac Le Mans
Sanchez, Cagle, Le Mmon's 1953 Studebaker
Tod Clare's 1954 Austin-Healey
Harrison's 1954 Jaguar
Harry Hoskin's 1955 Chevrolet
The 1955 Chrysler Flight Sweep I
The 1955 Chrysler Flight Sweep II
Don Coulter's 1955 Oldsmobile
Tom Beatty's Lakester
The Jado Special The Bangert Special
The Robert W. Barry Special

Motor Revue and Motorama 1954

The 5th annual Motorama was promoted as the Motor Revue and Motorama instead of the Motorama. It was held November 5 to 14 1954 at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Cars Attending:
Dick Colarossi's 1940 Ford Coupe
Ina Mae Overman's 1952 Lincoln
Liberace's 1954 Cadillac
The 1954 Pininfarina Cadillac

Motorama 1953

The 4th annual Motorama was held October 26 to November 1 1953 at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

Cars Attending:
Bert Mouron's 1932 Ford Roadster
Don and Jake Thompson's 1932 Ford Roadster
Earl Baird's 1933 Ford 3 WIndow Coupe
Jim McKinley's 1936 Ford 3 Window Coupe
George Smith's 1937 Ford Pickup
The Tucker 48
Buster Litton's 1949 Ford
Chuck DeWitt's 1950 Ford Convertible
Merton Peterson's 1950 Ford
Bob Stanclift's 1950 Hudson
Mike Hunter's 1950 Oldsmobile Convertible
Dave Chavis' 1951 Kaiser
Johnnie Luna's 1951 Oldsmobile
Charles Lacy's 1951 Studebaker
Jack Backer's 1953 Buick SKylark
The 1954 Hudson Italia
The 1953 Packard Balboa
The 1943 Oldsmobile Starfire
Karl Hubenthal's Glasspar
The Edwards Special
The Woodwill Wildfire
Bill Burke's Fiberglass Coupe

Motorama 1952

The 3rd annual Motorama was held November 10 - 16, 1952 at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. The show was advertised as being the "Country's Largest and Most Colorful Hot Rod Display]], and the "Nation's Greatest Automotive Equipment Exhibit".[2]

Cars Attending:
Rico Squaglia's 1923 Ford Model T Roadster
Jack Perre's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
Dick Flint's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Norman Jennings' 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Louis Angelucci's 1932 Ford Roadster
Wilcox-Herd's 1936 Ford 5 Window Coupe
Jack Brumbach's 1942 Ford Coupe
George Shilala's 1942 Oldsmobile
Tom Thornburgh's 1947 Studebaker
Woodrowe Long's 1949 Buick Roadmaster
Dan Landon's 1949 Chevrolet Club Coupe
Dana Bolker's 1949 Ford
Warren Dorrill's 1949 Ford - The Shark
Louie Bettancourt's 1949 Mercury
Al Twitchell's 1950 Ford
1950 Saturn - The Bob Hope Special
Frank Galpin's 1952 Ford Convertible
Ken Vertrees' 1951 Chevrolet
The 1952 Packard Pan American
The Hill-Davis Streamliner
The Xydias-Sturdy Lakester
Tom Beatty's Lakester
Bill Burke's Streamliner
Jerauld-Barber's Belly Tank
Mickey Thompson's Austin
Glasspar Fiberglass Sports Car
Woodwill Fiberglass Sports Car

Motorama 1951

The second annual Motorama was held November 7 thru 11, 1951 at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.[3]

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Cars Attending:
Dick Flint's 1929 Ford Model A Roadster
Don Williams' 1932 Ford 5 Window Coupe
Joaquin Arnett's 1934 Ford 3-Window Coupe
Earl Bruce's 1940 Ford Coupe
Wally Welch's 1950 Mercury
Larry Ernst's 1951 Chevrolet - Bel Air Royal
The Lancer Fiberglass Sports Car
The 1951 Buick XP-300 Concept Car
Tom Beatty's Lakester
Earl Evans' Lakester

Motorama 1950

The first annual Motorama was held November 16 thru 19, 1950 at the Shrine Convention Hall in Los Angeles, California.[4]

Cars Attending:
Paul Schiefer's 1925 Ford refitted with 1927 T Ford roadster body
Joe Nitti's 1932 Ford Roadster



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